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PIAA releases new sports enrollment figures

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007

The PIAA released new enrollment figures for the next two years in all sports on its website Monday, and some schools will be playing in different football classifications.

Pine-Richland and Peters Township, which have played in Class AAA, have enrollment figures that put them in Class AAAA. Mars, Yough and Southmoreland must move from Class AA to AAA.

Peters Township coach Nick Milchovich said he's excited about the move.

"We knew our numbers would be up and we knew it was going to be close," Milchovich said. "We heard a lot of different things and it was kind of a surprise.

"I told the players at the end of the season, we had to get better and maximize our potential. We have to make us the best Peters Township team we can be. I came from Charleroi where we opened the season against Monessen. Now, we have four Monessen (rivalries) on the schedule. Every game is going to be close and there is nothing like playing your neighbor."

Mt. Pleasant and Keystone Oaks can drop to Class AA, but could elect to stay in Class AAA. Mt. Pleasant coach Mark Lyons said the school administration will decide what is best for the program.

"I'm not sure what we'll do," Lyons said. "We're studying all our options.

Schools have until Dec. 14 to tell the PIAA if they want to play up in classification.

Teams dropping to Class A include Carlynton, Burgettstown and Brentwood. Bishop Canevin and Apollo-Ridge will move from Class A to AA.

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